The Design Block

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Snapchat apologizes for tone-deaf Juneteenth filter

Snapchat has apologized after releasing camera filter that prompted users to “smile” to break the chains of slavery.

Instagram tackles online bullying with new features for users

As part of its efforts to tackle online bullying, Instagram announced a series of new features to help.

How to design an eCommerce About Us page

Did you know that the About Us page is one of the most important pages of your eCommerce website?

McDonald’s apologizes for splitting golden arches to portray social distancing

A marketing gimmick for McDonald’s Brazil saw the Golden Arches split apart with the two halves away from each other.

Coca-Cola uses optical illusion so you see its iconic bottle

Coke believes it’s so iconic that our brain needs little to feel it — and to desire it.

Old Spice Guy returns 10 years later as an uncool dad

Old Spice gets back on the horse to mark the 10 year anniversary of its “Smell Like a Man, Man” campaign.

Instagram introduces unfollow account suggestions

Instagram's new feature breaks down those you’re following into those most seen and least interacted with.

Burger King offers free Whoppers for a photo of your ex

Burger King is helping people move on by trading a free Whopper for a photo of a past flame.

No logo. No images. But you know these are McDonald’s ads

There aren't many brands that could pull off a campaign with no images, products or even a company logo.

Planters kills off Mr. Peanut after 104 years

Known for his top hat, cane and monocle, the famous mascot apparently sacrificed himself in a pre-Super Bowl ad.

KitKat reminds hobbyists to ‘Have A Break’ with DIY model kits

KitKat continues to remind us to "Have a Break," with their latest campaign directed at hobbyists.

Tinder adds panic button & other safety features

Tinder's new additions are meant to provide security for its users, both online and in real life.

Is out-of-home the future of video advertising?

While marketers begin to lose ground on TV and smart devices, other opportunities are opening up in DOOH.

Burger King offers Harry & Meghan its crown

BK is asking Harry and Meghan to don a different kind of crown — one of the paper variety.

Pepsi blurs boundaries with new coffee-cola drink

Need an afternoon pick-me-up? Pepsi Café has nearly twice the caffeine as regular Pepsi.

Volkswagen hides a showroom in the snowy north of Sweden

VW has "hidden" a showroom for the Passat in the snowy wastes of Scandinavia. First to find it wins it.

M&M’s steals KFC’s “Finger-Lickin’ Good” slogan

M&M's chocolate bar filled melts in your hand too, so the company hijacks KFC's slogan for 48 hours.

Provocative Cadbury Fingers ad raises eyebrows

Each Christmas, British discount chain finds a way to offend shoppers with its crude, sexual advertising.

Words that matter in holiday marketing

Is your marketing calendar stuffed full of holiday-ready content ideas?

Illustrated toilet paper kids can colour with their poo

A Japanese company has created illustrated toilet paper that kids can “colour” with their poo.

Boston Pizza delivers a carolling pizza box

Boston Pizza is delivering its Christmas Pizza in a box that sings Christmas carols.

6 ways to prepare your eCommerce site for the holidays

If your eCommerce site doesn’t run smoothly over the holidays, it's sure to spell trouble for your sales & reputation

Get wings delivered weekly with KFC’s ‘Seasoned Tickets’

KFC's fried chicken-scented Seasoned Tickets come just in time for football season.

FOX rebrand features a chunky new abstract logo

FOX has rebranded with an abstract logo reflecting the changing landscape of the entertainment industry.

KFC is throwing chicken-themed weddings in Australia

If you’ve ever dreamt of marrying the one you love at a fast-food restaurant, here’s your chance. KFC Australia is offering a wedding package to couples to legally tie the knot Kentucky Fried Chicken style. The fast-food chain is organizing and paying for six chicken-themed weddings for couples…

BK misses the deadline, so they ask fans to complete it

BK recently published an unfinished ad, calling upon fans to make improvements on it.

Yahoo reminds us they still exist by redesigning their logo

The redesign signals a strategic change for the company as it prepares to introduce other products and services.

Facebook considers hiding Like counts

Facebook could soon start hiding the Like counter on News Feed posts.

Doritos campaign removes logo to appeal to Gen Z

Doritos has made the unprecedented decision of dropping its name, logo and tagline to appeal to Gen Z.

Yelp 101: A guide to Yelp for small business

The meteoric rise of Yelp has given nearly every customer a way to share their experiences with the world.

Instagram hack supposedly fools the algorithm to boost engagement

if you’re not happy with the reach your photos receive on Instagram, try this rumoured hack.

UK regulator banned Volkswagen ad for being ‘sexist’

Commercials from Volkswagen and Philadelphia Cream Cheese have been banned by new UK regulations.

Washington’s Metro launches ad about manspreading

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority asks manspreaders to think about the comfort of other passengers.

Instagram influencers are upset after Likes display is disabled

Instagram's hiding of Likes will allow users to focus on quality as well as what they really want to post.

Burger King’s 50/50 menu has you guessing if it’s meat or not

Is it meat or not? BK is playing roulette with your taste buds by giving you a 50/50 chance at eating meat or plant.

KFC Russia introduces a fried chicken bucket hat

If you ever wished you could wear a KFC bucket on your head, now you can with KFC Russia's bucket hat.

Instagram model’s bottled bathwater sells out

NSFW cosplayer decides to make money by selling her fans her own bathwater.

Revisit the 80s with Nike’s Stranger Things collection

Nike has looked back into its archives to create a collection of clothing and sneakers based on Stranger Things.

KFC’s new vegan Imposter Burger tastes like chicken

The Imposter Burger is made from meat substitute Quorn and is coated in the Colonel's Original Recipe.

Instagram page shares amazing creations from designers

Topdezigners is an Instagram page that reposts gorgeous sleek, modern, and innovative designs.

Coca-Cola transforms logo to point to recycling bins

Coke uses its logo to point people to the nearest recycling bin to place their bottles and cans.

Funeral LEGO kits helps children learn about death

Funeral Museum in Vienna decided to help their young visitors by introducing funeral LEGO kits.

Burger King unhappy meals, because not everybody wakes up happy

BK has teamed with Mental Health America to release five unhappy meals called The Real Meal.

Customers are protesting McDonald’s new paper straws

Apparently people aren't lovin' it after McDonald's UK replaced its plastic straws with eco-friendly ones.

An influencer’s nightmare: Instagram experiments with removing likes

Imagine influencers on Instagram when no one but you can see how many followers or likes you have.

German cycling safety campaign being called sexist and stupid

A German ad campaign to get cyclists to wear helmets has sparked accusations of sexism.

Boost website conversions using colour psychology

The simple use of colour can either create a positive or negative user experience.

HBO & Oreo recreate Game of Thrones opening with 2,750 cookies

To celebrate the final season, Oreo has released a special line of limited-edition GoT cookies embossed with the last remaining houses.

Dunkin’ and Saucony reunite for donut-inspired sneakers

Saucony has teamed up with Dunkin’ for co-branded sneakers that looks so good you'll want to eat them.

BK offers free Whoppers for setting its rivals’ ads on fire

Though it sounds like BK is inciting arson, they actually want users to do it through a new AR app.